Google is turning its all-seeing eye to education. Not satisfied with its latest attempt to bring free Wi-Fi to the world, the company just launched an app called Classroom.
The Classroom app works alongside a teacher-focused app for desktop computers called Classroom for Desktop. Classroom for Desktop is a class management tool that allows teachers to assign, receive and share documents with students.
The Classroom app makes submitting homework a snap. Students can log in to the app and send an assignment. A folder will automatically be created for that student in the teacher's Classroom for Desktop app.
Not only that, but teachers can learn a lot from Google's obsession with data.
Turning in assignments online is very helpful for teachers. It allows them to make homework due during the evening rather than the next day, and easily check for plagiarism.
The Classroom app could help teachers understand when their students are actually working on the homework that they assigned.
With all of that said, I'm still worried. Google is obsessed with data, and the amount of information that it could be learning about our children is scary.
Google was caught using student data last year:
Last year, several California students sued Google for mining their school Gmail accounts for advertising purposes. Though Google maintained that their education sites were ad-free, the students pointed out that the information could later be used to make a marketing profile of the students and given the students were forced to get an account through their schools, they did not consent to this data mining.
Does Google want to help education? Is it just trying to figure out how to sell your kids auto insurance? Time will tell.